Hunter shot when gun discharges in Myakka


MYAKKA -- A hunter was shot Saturday with his own gun when it fell out of its holster and discharged, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.

According to a news release, two men were preparing to go hog hunting shortly before 7 p.m. on property in the 37000 block of Clay Gully Road.

The victim had a single-action .45 caliber Long Colt revolver in a belt holster, slung over his shoulder, deputies said.

They had trouble starting an all-terrain vehicle and were looking at the engine when the revolver fell from the holster and discharged when it hit the ground.

The round entered and exited through the left side of the victim's abdomen. The victim was airlifted to a hospital where his condition is unknown, the news release said.

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